Administration increases the surveillance of suspects
Jamshedpur: Schools in Jamshedpur have unanimously announced to remain closed till March 31 as a step to remain safe from the virus.
Members and principals of the Jharkhand Unaided Private Schools and Educational Institutions convened on Saturday at the Kerala Samajam Model School in Golmuri to unanimously decide that they would start the new session from April 1 onwards. About 40 principals along with respective members of school managing committees decided to remain shut in view of the deadly virus. Private schools in Jamshedpur were supposed to start their session between March 16 and March 19.
However, state education minister Jagarnath Mahto on Saturday tweeted that a review meeting between the chief secretary D. K. Tiwary and health department was organised on Saturday and that schools, colleges and universities can continue as usual as there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state so far. Only private schools in Jamshedpur will remain closed.
“All schools have unanimously decided to remain closed for safety purposes. We shall open on April 1, said a principal.
Meanwhile, Health Department has sounded an alert across the district increasing the surveillance of suspects against the deadly ‘China virus’ taking toll on people.
East Singhbhum district civil surgeon, Maheshwar Prasad asked nodal officer of integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) to start collecting reports from the health hubs and hospitals to ensure whether there is any patient having symptoms of being affected with the coronavirus.
Speaking about the common symptoms of the corona infection, the civil surgeon said at onset of illness are fever, cough and fatigue, the symptoms which are common here in India but later on causes severe respiratory problems.
“We have sounded civil surgeons in all districts to keep a check on the respiratory infections and monitor and report the suspected cases,” said an official. The department clarified that those under surveillance would be those having symptoms like fever, breathing problems and others. It also added that no positive case has been in the state till now.
The civil surgeon said as the corona virus is air-borne, the people who use to take flights for travelling abroad and even to the metro cities will have to take extra precautions like using a mask.
” As our information the infection spread through sneezing or coughing, the best way for saving oneself from the disease is wearing masks as a precautionary measure though the people should not panic. We have not any suspected case of corona infection in the district,” said Prasad.